Billionaire Jeff Bezos space firm Blue Origin has sued the US space agency NASA for picking Elon Musk-owned SpaceX for its prestigious $2.9 billion Moon lander programme.
NASA was expected to pick two lunar lander prototypes (including one of Blue Origin’s) but funding cut from US Congress led the agency to select SpaceX over Blue Origin.
According to a report on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Blue Origin called the lawsuit “an attempt to remedy the flaws in the acquisition process found in NASA’s Human Landing System”.
“We firmly believe that the issues identified in this procurement and its outcomes must be addressed to restore fairness, create competition, and ensure a safe return to the Moon for America,” the spokesperson said.
The lawsuit, filed with the US Court of Federal Claims, could pause SpaceX’s contract and trigger delay to NASA’s race to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024.
NASA said that its officials were “currently reviewing details of the case.”